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SSM HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SIGNS WITH HBOC

 ATLANTA and ST. LOUIS, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SSM Health Care System (SSMHCS) has contracted with HBO & Company (NASDAQ: HBOC) to purchase STAR Patient Care, STAR Financials, STAR Pharmacy, STAR Laboratory, STAR Radiology, TRENDSTAR and HBOC's new nursing solution, Care Manager.
 The products, which are replacing a set of self-developed systems, will run on Hewlett-Packard's RISC-based processors and Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX systems.
 Implementation of the HBOC products at SSMHCS's 14 facilities in six states will involve a unique approach. HBOC and the SSMHCS Information Center will develop a jointly sponsored regional operation center. In the process, HBOC will transfer knowledge over the next 12 to 15 months to SSMHCS's information systems staff, who will be charged with installing and supporting the products not only for the SSMHCS entities but other possible clients within the region. HBOC and SSMHCS will build a team over the next 60 to 90 days to put the process in motion.
 "SSM Health Care System is pleased to be partners with HBOC in a creative new development that focuses on re-engineering the way we deliver care and expedite work through advanced automation," said Don Lovasz, system CIO and division president for SSMHCS's Health Businesses.
 Lovasz calls the agreement a "unique joint venture" that was made possible by user-driven quality improvement teams, which evaluated several potential information systems vendors. Lovasz said that, in the end, HBOC was chosen because HBOC's vision of how it supports information needs across the continuum of care aligned with SSMHCS's mission of providing a range of services to a diverse population throughout the local healthcare communities it serves.
 "This is a first-of-its-kind relationship," said Lovasz. "Together, SSM Health Care System and HBOC hope to create an information-rich environment through a regional operation center. This will result in an improved process for delivering quality information and ultimately, better healthcare."
 Based in St. Louis, SSM Health Care System operates more than 4,000 acute-care, long-term, residential, hospital-based skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation care beds nationwide. It is one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the nation.
 HBO & Company delivers patient care, clinical, financial and strategic management software solutions, as well as networking technologies, outsourcing and other services to healthcare organizations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: Monica Brown, Investor Relations, HBO & Company, 404-668-5926/
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